Baby abandoned in bushes in Murchison

2016-03-17 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Sergeant Beautus Cele with the abandoned baby.

PHOTO: supplied Sergeant Beautus Cele with the abandoned baby.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THE Port Shepstone SAPS is dealing with a case of child abandonment after a baby was found in the bushes in Murchison recently.

The baby was wrapped in a blanket with a bottle of water and a note, assumed to be left by the mother, next to her.

“A man was walking past late in the evening when he heard the little girl cry. He went to a nearby house and asked for help. The police were then notified,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

Wiid said SAPS do not receive many child abandonment cases, however it is still a concern.

The Family, Child and Sexual Offences unit in Port Shepstone investigated two cases where a child was left in a house in Mkholombe and the community heard the child crying and went to assist.

“The mother had apparently left to visit a place where she had a couple of drinks. The mother was later arrested and charged,” said Wiid.

In the other case, also in Mkholombe, the child was placed into a toilet­ outside a house, but was rescued.

“The mother was also charged. In both cases the children were taken away and put in the care of social workers,” she said.

Sergeant Beautus Cele from Port Shepstone FCS is requesting anyone with information regarding the identity or the whereabouts of the mother of the baby found in Murchison, to contact him on 082 334 9682.

An abandonment of a child case is being investigated.

Sagree Naicker, manager of Port Shepstone Child Welfare said when a child becomes aware of his or her abandonment, counselling is offered.

“However, we have seen children, despite working through their emotions, left with unresolved questions of why? Who are my parents? And was I not good enough?,” she said.

“These questions often leave a void in the child’s life which sometimes can lead to behavioural issues later on,” added Naicker.

During January and February, three child neglect cases, three uncontrollable children cases, four cases of families failing to maintain their children and four orphaned children cases were reported to the welfare.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Hip Cape Town bars to discover this summer
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.